Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Park Hyatt

Years after its starring role in the hit indie film Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo — housed in the upper floors of a handsome steel Kenzo Tange tower near Yoyogi Park in Shinjuku — continues to draw moviegoers and discerning travelers alike. For years this was the Tokyo hotel to stay in, and a Hollywood star-spotting in one of the restaurants or lounges was practically guaranteed. Other luxe hotels have since opened and some celebrities have moved on, but the 178-room Park Hyatt Tokyo continues to offer some of the best amenities of any property in the capital. In a city where space is at a premium, its generous 500-square-foot rooms are a standout with their rare 2,000-year-old Hokkaido water elm paneling, deep soaking tubs, and far-reaching views. The 47th-floor swimming pool, complete with glass roof, is an oasis above it all. Afternoon tea in the peaceful Peak Lounge also offers a quiet respite from the city's bustle. If the skies are clear, have lunch on the 40th floor in Kozue and gaze upon Mount Fuji as you nibble away on your bento box.

Insider Tip:Lunch at the New York Bar & Grill consists of an impressive buffet laden with appetizers and desserts.

Room to Book: The Park View Room has soaring vistas in two directions with a deep soaking bathtub that overlooks the city.